U.S. egg suppliers and buyers from across the Caribbean recently participated in the first-ever American Egg Board (AEB) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) Caribbean Reverse Egg Trade Mission in Miami, Fla. Buyers from Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago attended and were selected based on findings from the report “Caribbean Table Egg & Egg Product Market Research.”
To drive and strengthen export consumption of U.S. eggs and egg products, the AEB/USAPEEC event this year included an “All About U.S. Eggs & U.S. Egg Opportunities” seminar with a U.S. egg supplier panel discussion and one-on-one meetings between the Caribbean buyers and U.S. egg suppliers.
“This outreach marks the American Egg Board’s third trade mission event in just over a year,” AEB president and chief executive officer Anne Alonzo said. “The market understandings and relationships established during this Caribbean Reverse Egg Trade Mission will help bring safe, nutritious and affordable U.S. eggs to the Caribbean Basin.”
In 2017, AEB prioritized exports and developed a comprehensive and proactive program that included the first-ever egg trade mission to Mexico, training seminar/sessions in South Korea and more.
The Caribbean Reverse Egg Trade Mission kicked off with a trade reception where participants enjoyed appetizers highlighting the versatility of eggs, including mini chicken-and-mushroom and classic cheese quiche, plus three artisanal deviled eggs — deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto, truffled deviled eggs and Provençal deviled eggs — and finishing with egg custard and both classic and sweet bacon meringues. A participant dinner Monday night showcased the versatility of U.S. eggs.
“As we start conversations in additional export markets around the world, the AEB, in close partnership with USAPEEC, will be able to provide even more value to U.S. egg producers,” Alonzo concluded.